Say Goodbye To Acne Scars Forever
No More Acne Scars Ever Again
Let’s face it, acne is the one skin concern that haunts all of us from its conception to even after it’s gone. Not only is acne painful and an eyesore, but they leave a scar behind, and they can be hard to get rid of.
If you’re tired of getting scars from your pimples, here are all the things you need to know about acne scarring so you can avoid and treat them.
Firstly, you need to know how to differentiate between acne marks and scars.
Most people with acne marks are those with some form of hyperpigmentation. If your skin is darker, this hyperpigmentation is usually post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and is brown in color. If your skin is fairer, you are more likely to face post-inflammatory erythema and is reddish in color.
Acne scars, on the other hand, are physically deep imprints on your skin. Unfortunately, the only way to get rid of them is through laser treatment. There are two types of acne scars, mainly atrophic scars, and hypertrophic scars. The former is more common as they are the ones that leave a deep imprint on your skin, and look deeper rather than spread out. Hypertrophic scars actually look like thick bumps on your skin.
How do acne scars form?
Dermatologists have revealed that we can get scarring not just from picking and popping your pimples, but also even when you don’t touch them! This is because there are certain acne wounds that are more susceptible to scarring.
Which exactly are these acne wounds? They are actually cystic acne, which is inflammatory, painful pimples. They are the ones that usually leave behind scars. What happens is that more white blood cells get transported to these areas and along with the increased amount of enzymes, the skin gets damaged. Your skin, in the attempt to heal, is unable to do so because the enzymes prevent collagen and elastin from generating.
How to prevent scarring from happening
You know what they say, prevention is better than cure. In the case of acne scars, it is definitely true as well! When you get a new pimple, New York dermatologist Dr. Jennifer MacGregor encourages you to head to a dermatologist to deal with your pimples from the get-go. Instead of experimenting with pimple solutions, it is much better to receive professional advice and prescription to treat your pimples. Not all pimple treatments work the same because we all have different skin types, and some pimple treatments may be too harsh for your skin, so let the dermatologist do the work for you. Otherwise, you may end up worsening the inflammation and it gets less possible to treat your pimples.
People with cystic acne can remove their pimples in just a day or two with a cortisone injection. A cortisone injection is a type of steroid that will quickly eliminate the inflammation so you won’t be left with a mark or scar. However, this is a treatment that only professional dermatologists can perform, and you cannot do this yourself at home.
If you are unable to afford a dermatologist, then the next best solution would be to use spot treatments. Firstly, you can use pimple treatments like clay masks that dry up your pimple to force the pus to the surface of your skin. Next, treat it with an anti-bacterial treatment like benzoyl peroxide. You can easily get these at the drugstores without burning a hole in your pocket.
But the mark’s still here!
Even when the pimple is treated and scarring is prevented, you can still have the pesky stubborn acne marks. If you have brown hyperpigmentation, you would know that these seem to last forever on your skin. They usually last for six months, but there are ways to speed this process up.
Dermatologist Dr. Bowe recommends simple acne treatment products that have AHAs or BHAs in them. AHAs are Alpha Hydroxy Acid and they help to remove dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. AHAs include glycolic, mandelic, and lactic acid. BHAs are Beta Hydroxy Acids which help to unglue the dead skin cells and bacteria deeper within your skin. They include salicylic acid. These chemical exfoliants speed up the process of skin cell regeneration so your marks go away faster.
Retinoid is another ingredient that is powerful in getting rid of those acne marks, both for darker and fairer skin types. There are both retinoid treatments you can buy yourselves and retinoids that can only be used under prescription. If you are looking for a good retinol product, try products that have the enzyme melanozyme for the evening out of skin tone. However, retinoid can be potentially harsh on your skin, especially if you are not experienced in chemical exfoliation, so use it sparingly before building up your usage. For retinoid beginners, it is advised to use a lower percentage of retinoid and use it twice a week.
If you are wary of chemical products, then you can also turn to natural homemade ingredients. Natural skincare ingredients can also help, such as soy and licorice.
One important thing to avoid is brightening treatments that have hydroquinone in it. Excessive use of it can lead to a grey pigmentation on your skin instead. Hydroquinone should only be used if it is prescribed by your dermatologist.
If all else fails, then there is always the laser treatment from dermatologists. One such treatment is the Vbeam laser treatment. These are expensive, but effective as the lasers directly aim at and reduce the blood vessels.
Last but definitely not the least, always use sunscreen. Many people do not understand the importance of sunscreen, not just for anti-aging, but for the prevention of hyperpigmentation. Dermatologists always recommend this, because the sun can actually cause or worsen your pigmentation. Sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection helps to protect you against the UVA rays, and post-inflammation is less likely to occur. If you wear sunscreen daily, even when you are indoors, then your problem with acne marks may not even occur!
No one likes having to deal with acne. But it’s a phenomenon that can last long after your teenage years have come and gone, so learning to deal with acne scars is a must if you want to look your best. We hope these tips help you to clear up your acne!